"On behalf of my family & myself we would like to say thank you for our tree. It is a tradition in our family to have a real tree. We received our tree prior to my husband returning from Iraq. We have a few special ornaments we always hang as a family & were so thankful to have him return prior to Christmas to be able to hang on our tree. Thank you again for supporting not only our family but all military families."
- Autenrieth Family
"I recently received one of the beautiful trees at the Ft Eustis Army base. I wanted to say thank you very much, it is a wonderful and heartfelt gesture that outstanding Americans from around our great nation donate to this program and that FedEx delivers to bases all around the USA. We are very grateful for all involved that make this possible."
"Thank you to all the hard dedicated contributors and sponsors that help with Trees for Troops. My husband is deployed this Christmas but that did not stop me from putting a Christmas tree up. I was able to receive a beautiful Christmas tree through this program and with my husband away it brought more Christmas cheer to our house."
"Thank you! For our beautiful Christmas tree! We weren't sure what we were going to do this year since we recently PCSed to New Mexico. Trees for Troops was an answer to prayer! It is a blessing to have such a beautiful tree for our new home. It's been 15 years since we've had a real tree from the Blue Ridge Mountains. We love it!"
- Pendleton Family
Joining Forces - Other Resources for Troops and Military Families
In 2012, Trees for Troops was recognized as a Top 20 Finalist in the Joining Forces Community Challenge, an initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. To learn more about the other Joining Forces finalists, select a link below.
- Pat Tillman Foundation, Tempe, AZ
The foundation invests in military veterans and spouses nationwide by granting scholarships through the Tillman Military Scholars program. The scholarship funds cover tuition, fees as well as other related costs, including housing and child care. In 2002, Pat Tillman put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold in order to serve his country. Started by Pat Tillman’s friends and family after his death in 2004 while serving in Afghanistan, the foundation has provided more than $2.2 million in financial support. http://www.pattillmanfoundation.org/
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling BDUs, Clovis, CA
The Sisterhood of the Traveling BDUs (a “Battle Dress Uniform” worn by members of the armed forces) was founded by two California teenagers whose fathers had deployed to Afghanistan. Realizing how important that sisterly support was, the young girls created this organization to support military girls, particularly those 13 to 18 years of age, who experience the deployment of a parent. The project aims to create a network of social bonds between military girls to build self-esteem, encourage leadership and increase community support. http://www.sisterhoodbdus.org/
- Rebuild Hope, Menlo Park, CA
Rebuild Hope provides services to veterans and caregivers to help with their transition back to civilian life. The organization provides financial assistance, counseling and referrals to organizations that offer pro bono care to veterans and caregivers in a variety of areas, including legal, mental health, and debt management. http://www.rebuildhope.org/
- New Directions, Los Angeles, CA
New Directions provides comprehensive services to homeless and disabled veterans, including substance abuse treatment, counseling and job training in Los Angeles County, home to the nation’s largest homeless military veterans population. The organization serves more than 600 veterans each year. http://www.newdirectionsinc.org/
- The Soldiers Project‐Sacramento, Sacramento, CA
The Soldiers Project-Sacramento provides free psychological services for active duty military, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their family members. The Soldiers Project-Sacramento is an all-volunteer group of about 40 licensed clinicians who have provided more than 500 hours of free, individual treatment since the beginning of 2011. http://www.thesoldiersproject.org/
- Project Sanctuary, Parker, CO
In an effort to decrease military veteran suicide rates and the effects of deployment on children, Project Sanctuary was created to provide recreational activities in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, to help military families reconnect following deployments. Follow-up support beyond the retreat is also provided and includes support to families with housing, job placement and veterans’ assistance. http://projectsanctuary.us/
- Birdies for the Brave, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Birdies for the Brave is a military outreach initiative supported by the PGA TOUR and corporate partners to raise funds for military homefront groups that provide programs and services for wounded warriors and military families. Birdies for the Brave was originally created by TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, to support troops injured during combat. http://www.birdiesforthebrave.com/index.aspx
- The Landings Military Family Relief Fund, Savannah, GA
- Operation Homelink, Chicago, IL
To connect deployed service members to their families, Operation Homelink provides refurbished computers to spouses or parents of deployed troops. The organization has provided more than 2,500 computers nationwide and is expanding to include laptop donations to wounded warriors.
- Give an Hour, Bethesda, MD
Give an Hour, founded by a Washington D.C.-based psychologist, aims to develop a national network of volunteer providers to respond to acute and chronic societal conditions. Their current focus is on mental health services for military service members, their families and people in communities affected by Iraq and Afghanistan. http://www.giveanhour.org/
- Luke's Wings, Rockville, MD
Luke’s Wings supports the families of wounded warriors through airplane tickets and travel arrangements to the families of the service members. The nationwide organization may also partner with local hotels or other activities nearby for the family to access for the duration of the wounded warriors’ recovery. Co-founder Sarah Wingfield, a then-Washington Redskins football team ambassador, helped start the organization after meeting “Luke,” a wounded warrior who was recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
- Brides Across America, Georgetown, MA
Brides Across America is a national charitable organization that provides wedding gowns to qualified military brides. Founder Heidi Janson wanted to ensure those serving our nation could have the wedding they deserve. Since its founding in 2007, more than 5,000 wedding gowns have been donated to support troops and their families.
- Defending the Blue Line, Hastings, MN
Defending the Blue Line works to ensure that children of military members have access to participate in hockey, through free equipment, hockey camps, special events and financial assistance toward association and other hockey-related costs. Founded by two Minnesota National Guard members in 2009, more than $500,000 has benefited military families across the United States. http://www.defendingtheblueline.org/
- GreenCare for Troops, New Prague, MN
GreenCare for Troops was established by lawn and landscape entrepreneurs — members of the board of Project EverGreen — who were interested in helping families in their communities maintain their lawns and landscapes while a family member was deployed. GreenCare for Troops volunteers provide these free lawn and landscape services so families have a well-maintained yard in addition to an outside area where families can unwind, play and enjoy outdoor time together. http://projectevergreen.com/gcft/
- Armed Forces Service Center, St. Paul, MN
The Armed Forces Service Center is a 24-7 “all free” lounge staffed by volunteers at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, for active-duty military personnel, their dependents, activated reservists and national guardsmen, and other members of the uniformed services. The Center was founded in 1970 by Maggie Purdum after her son was killed in action in Vietnam as appreciation for all who have served. http://www.mnafsc.org/
- Canines for Veterans, Wilmington, NC
Through its program – Canines for Veterans – Canines for Service has provided highly-skilled service dogs for wounded warriors. Launched in 2008, the national program works with military prisoners at the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston who train rescue dogs as service dogs for wounded and injured veterans. http://www.caninesforservice.org/
- Hearts Apart, Wilmington, NC
- Our Family for Families First Foundation, East Greenwich, RI
- City of Richfield, Utah
The city of Richfield, Utah, has supported its local Army National Guard Unit through four deployments since Sept. 11, 2001. A resource guide provided to military families as family member’s deployed, a city utility abatement program for the duration of a deployment and a community covenant that details the commitment the city will make toward its service members and their families are some of the programs and services provided.